iOS 6.1.1: Now it's OK to update your iPhone 4S, says Vodafone

iOS 6.1.1: Now it's OK to update your iPhone 4S, says Vodafone

Summary: Vodafone customers in the UK are now being given the all-clear to go ahead and update their devices to iOS 6.1.1, designed to fix the mobile data issues introduced by the previous version.


Vodafone is now advising its customers to go ahead and update their iPhone 4S handsets to a new version of iOS that Apple has issued in response to problems caused by its last update.

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Version 6.1 of the iOS platform was released just two weeks ago, but iPhone 4S users on the Vodafone UK network were warned about "an issue" with the upgrade that meant that some handsets might not be able to make or receive calls, texts or use the internet.

As a result, the network warned customers not to update their handsets to iOS 6.1. However, Apple has now rolled out a fix for the issues and, as such, Vodafone is advising customers that they can go ahead and update their handsets.

"Apple has released a new version of its iPhone software that fixes the 3G performance issues that have been affecting users of the iPhone 4S who had installed iOS 6.1," Vodafone said on Tuesday. "Please download the latest version — iOS 6.1.1 — from Apple as soon as you can as this will deal with these issues."

Other problems in iOS 6.1 led to some businesses advising their employees not to update their phones either as it was causing excessive logging issues when connected to an Exchange server. The software update was issued two weeks ago to rectify a Wi-Fi problem in iOS version 6, although some users are still reporting that the Wi-Fi problem persisted in version 6.1.

An O2 spokesman told ZDNet on Monday that its customers had not reported any problems with the iOS 6.1 software.

Topics: iOS, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones, United Kingdom

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  • iPhone Restore

    I installed this IOS upgrade last night and then had to restore my phone after. The phone came back up with plug it into iTunes and then I had to restore.

    I was not pleased at 2130 on a Monday night.
    Marshall Robbins
  • Interesting development

    It all smells of a workaround around some Vodafone UK quirk, that Apple implemented for them.
    Let's hope that update won't create compatibility problems for other networks.

    iOS 6.1 had modem firmware 3.4.01 and iOS 6.1.1 has modem firmware 3.4.02.

    Maybe I should keep a copy of iOS 5 around, just in case some of my next flights lands me on a Vodafone serviced territory and my iPhone bricks. (smile)
    • iphone update

      This is another Apple cock up as it affects O2 as well. Don't defend Apple as they have a history of issuing updates that don't work.
  • JohnA

    Had no problem installing 6.1.1
  • Update

    I had no problem, installing last night 6.1.1, in USA I am on ATT.
    I really cannot actually confirm, but I think I had less battery drain overnight.
    Its on as I use it as my alarm clock!
    To be honest, no phone calls, but some internet uses.
    I follow all the prompts.
  • 6.1.1

    I updated to 6.1.1 last night. Still draining battery and hot to the touch!! 6.1 AND 6.1.1 are FAILS!!
  • 6.1.1 update

    The update does not work. My wife upgraded her 4S to 6.1 running on the O2 network and it messed up her phone. She applied the 6.1.1 update last night, and still cannot get 3G or wifi connectivity. The phone overheats and battery life is still terrible. She took it to the genius bar in Kingston after she did the 6.1 update and they utterly refuted that there was a problem, and blamed it on our home router , even after explaining that my iPhone, which I haven't upgraded yet , has no problems connecting to our home router, and also our iPad ( also not upgraded yet) and mac book pro . Will be calling O2 today to make sure that at least one of their customers has been affected ....
  • Apple Seems to Have a Growing QC Probldm

    Is it me, or am I the only one who has noticed the upsurge in Quality Control problems with software releases since Jobs died? I think Jobs would have had somebody's (or plural) neck for such an egregious run of OS release FAILS. Wonder what corporate America is saying now that Apple has begun invading the Enterprise w/BYOD?
    I think that a company with $137B in CASH reserves should have NO excuse for these (now serious) failures! Clearly, it has to be simply an issue of PRIORITIES (lack of adequate testing). Anyone disagree?
  • Here's Apple's QA at work!

    Seems 6.1.1 still causes further problems. Great going Apple QA!
    [Funny how people who claim how good the iPhone are failed to notice that Blackberries, Windows Phone users and to a lesser extent Android users don't seem to have these problems.]